Zakir Naik ‘s counsel terms ban as ‘illegal and unjustified’
Backing the Centre’s ban on Zakir Naik ‘s NGO ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ for five years, the controversial Islamist Preacher’s lawyer asserted that it was an ‘illegal and unjustified’ ban, adding that they will move the court against the order.
Naik’s lawyer to take this ban to court
Zakir Naik’s lawyer Mubin Solkar stated that till now they have not received any notification regarding the ban, adding that under the Indian law, if anybody has to get banned, the notification has to be published in the government gazette and then a copy of the same has to be served to the concerned body.
“Till now we have not been served with any such kind of copy or notification under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). We are very much clear that this ban is not justified and it is completely an illegal ban because the provisions of UAPA have been wrongly invoked in this case. According to us it is a clear misuse of provisions of the UAPA,” Solkar said.
Highlighting his defence, he further said that in order to term an organisation as unlawful, it has to have as its own object of promoting an offence under 153 A, i.e promoting hostility on grounds of religion which the NGO ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ does not have.
“IRF since its establishment has promoted peace and harmony, charitable, sociable and humanitarian activities. This ban is completely unjustified, so even if this notification is issued it is not taken under effect unless it is confirmed by the Tribunal,” he added.
Expressing complete confidence of their case coming in their favour, Solkar added that he will put the case before the court and is sure that the notification of the ban will be cancelled.
Earlier, the Centre banned Zakir Naik’s NGO ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ for five years and asked the law enforcing Agencies to maintain a strict surveillance on the activities of the organisation.
The decision was ordered by the cabinet committee on security after Naik was found to deliver provocative speeches.
This development comes after the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a show cause notice to Naik’s NGO and hence initiating the process for cancellation of its FCRA license.
MHA sources say that the process for putting Zakir Naik’s educational trust in a prior permission category has also been initiated. The Centre has time and again asserted that Zakir Naik’s IRF is maligning India and, therefore, on several occasions advocated for a ban.
Zakir Naik came under the supervision after a Bangladeshi newspaper revealed that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, was inspired by Naik.
He is banned in United Kingdom as well as in Canada for his alleged hate speeches aimed against other religions.
He is one amongst the 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia and is accused of attracting youth for terror acts and has come under the scanner of the security agencies.